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Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum Today, 07:33 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 177
Posted By e.j.
I agree. Like I said in your other thread about...

I agree. Like I said in your other thread about the 2 year old dcb, some parents can be thoughtless when they speak sometimes. The good news is, she's given you a heads up so you know to start...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum Today, 07:28 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 152
Posted By e.j.
I agree that transitions can be tough for kids. ...

I agree that transitions can be tough for kids. What was dcb doing before he had to leave home? Was he woken up before he was ready to wake naturally, was he rushed through breakfast and getting...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum Today, 06:51 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 263
Posted By e.j.
I had my niece in day care when she was younger. ...

I had my niece in day care when she was younger. She used to go home every day and tell my sil that she had chicken nuggets for lunch. Two year olds aren't very reliable witnesses.:)
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum Yesterday, 03:16 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 128
Posted By e.j.
I think I have her clone in my day care. She has...

I think I have her clone in my day care. She has no interest in any of the toys until another child starts to use them. Then she runs right over yelling, "Me! Me!" and grabs the toy out of their...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 12-12-2018, 02:40 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 236
Posted By e.j.
I was thinking carbon monoxide poisoning, too,...

I was thinking carbon monoxide poisoning, too, but thought, "No; Dad would probably be sick, too." I never gave any thought to the fact that she might be warming the car up after dcd left for work! ...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 12-12-2018, 12:59 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 236
Posted By e.j.
Maybe they have a shared food allergy or...

Maybe they have a shared food allergy or gastroparesis which isn't considered hereditary but can run in families? I'd be glad they were getting it checked though. How old is dcb? For me, it would...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 12-12-2018, 12:23 PM
Replies: 46
Views: 672
Posted By e.j.
I love it! I wish I had seen this before I...

I love it! I wish I had seen this before I decided to do the gift I'm doing. I'll have to remember this one for next year.
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 12-11-2018, 05:37 PM
Replies: 46
Views: 672
Posted By e.j.
I bought some small, hanging chalkboard signs at...

I bought some small, hanging chalkboard signs at Walmart. I've added the kids' footprints with white paint. Now that they're dry, I have to add snowman features to the footprints and then wording...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 12-08-2018, 10:02 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 365
Posted By e.j.
The GF labeling has made things easier and just...

The GF labeling has made things easier and just in the last couple of years it seems, there are more and more stores that are offering more gf products. Even with the GF label, though, you have to be...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 12-08-2018, 01:52 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 365
Posted By e.j.
Personally, I'd ask that the parent supply the...

Personally, I'd ask that the parent supply the food. Many foods are gluten free (veggies, fruits, rice, quinoa, etc) but some prepared gluten free foods like breads can be very pricey. Also, gluten...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 12-07-2018, 11:04 AM
Replies: 57
Views: 795
Posted By e.j.
:eek: That reminded me of a discussion I had with...

:eek: That reminded me of a discussion I had with a breastfeeding dcm. Anytime she'd eat dairy, her baby would have runny diarrhea. We had had several discussions about it, she knew how dairy...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 12-07-2018, 10:15 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 337
Posted By e.j.
It took me a second but...:lol: Probably...

It took me a second but...:lol: Probably exactly how the kids managed to slip out without being noticed.
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 12-07-2018, 10:07 AM
Replies: 57
Views: 795
Posted By e.j.
He's definitely being rude - although I'm sure...

He's definitely being rude - although I'm sure you could use a vacation. Can't we all? ;-)

My dd makes various crafts and often will go to craft fairs to sell them. She puts time, effort and...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 11-29-2018, 12:33 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 215
Posted By e.j.
Could you switch your break time so you leave the...

Could you switch your break time so you leave the room after they all fall asleep?
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 11-28-2018, 02:57 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 176
Posted By e.j.
I have a glider and mine can tip over too easily,...

I have a glider and mine can tip over too easily, too, when the kids try to slide off of it. My rule here is that no one touches it or sits on it but me. It can take a lot of repetition until the...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 11-27-2018, 12:10 PM
Replies: 54
Views: 1,585
Posted By e.j.
You've repeatedly told him not to come as bus...

You've repeatedly told him not to come as bus time, he continues to thumb his nose at you and you're worried about appearing harsh? I say this with tremendous empathy because I'm the biggest wuss...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 11-26-2018, 12:40 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 402
Posted By e.j.
I went to one party years ago. The dcm worked...

I went to one party years ago. The dcm worked with my husband. I'm more introvert than extrovert and being the only non-family members there, it just felt very awkward to me. I decided that I...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 11-18-2018, 11:40 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 314
Posted By e.j.
I'm sorry you're feeling this way and especially...

I'm sorry you're feeling this way and especially sorry that you've had such disrespectful families for so long. (Can you get tougher on enforcing policies and maybe start to replace some of those...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 11-15-2018, 12:08 PM
Replies: 54
Views: 1,585
Posted By e.j.
Any time I have to confront a parent about...

Any time I have to confront a parent about something, it seems easier for me when I acknowledge how uncomfortable I feel ... "Dcd, I'm uncomfortable saying this to you because I've let it go on for...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 11-13-2018, 06:15 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,196
Posted By e.j.
This makes me appreciate my napping problem! Why...

This makes me appreciate my napping problem! Why do people have to be such jerks?!
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 11-13-2018, 06:13 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,196
Posted By e.j.
Thank you! Currently, Tuesdays are my toughest...

Thank you! Currently, Tuesdays are my toughest day to get through. I actually did have a headache by the time they all left! lol Hopefully it'll be better tomorrow.:)
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 11-13-2018, 12:59 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,196
Posted By e.j.
Cold and Flu season is a tough one but right now,...

Cold and Flu season is a tough one but right now, my biggest problem is kids who haven't had consistent nap times at home. One infant finally just fell asleep and I've got 4 two year olds who...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 11-11-2018, 11:22 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 1,396
Posted By e.j.
I have a paragraph in my handbook that states...

I have a paragraph in my handbook that states parents who need extended time off from day care (for pregnancy, teacher summers off, travel...) either need to pay me to hold their spot or I will have...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 11-11-2018, 10:53 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 342
Posted By e.j.
When I first started doing day care, I had...

When I first started doing day care, I had frequent dreams about it and I felt the same way - exhausted when I woke up. I also used to hear babies crying even after the kids went home for the night....
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 11-10-2018, 06:54 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 578
Posted By e.j.
I've been watching the news for the past few days...

I've been watching the news for the past few days and seeing footage of the fires. It must be an incredibly scary time, being so close. Stay safe.
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 11-05-2018, 08:14 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 613
Posted By e.j.
You're not a monster. Sometimes people need a...

You're not a monster. Sometimes people need a wake up call and nothing says, "Wake up!" louder than a big fee.:) Just curious...what was her reaction?
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 11-04-2018, 01:27 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 564
Posted By e.j.
I tell the kids that I have a potty talk rule:...

I tell the kids that I have a potty talk rule: Bathroom words need to be used in the bathroom. When they start using potty talk, I remind them of my rule and ask them to move it to the bathroom. ...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 11-01-2018, 03:35 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 696
Posted By e.j.
I don't like the wear and tear on my house but I...

I don't like the wear and tear on my house but I look at it as a part of doing day care. I've had to replace my table and chairs in the dining area several times over the years because they get...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 10-29-2018, 11:38 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 361
Posted By e.j.
You're not the bad guy. She agreed to pay you...

You're not the bad guy. She agreed to pay you when she enrolled her child with you. It's just sad and frustrating that you have to ask for the money you've earned caring for her child when she...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 10-28-2018, 01:29 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 261
Posted By e.j.
Right now, all of my kids are 2 and under. I'm...

Right now, all of my kids are 2 and under. I'm planning to do a low key celebration as usual - Halloween themed books, snack and craft, maybe a couple of games like Throw the Ring on the Witch's Hat...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 10-26-2018, 12:50 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 357
Posted By e.j.
When I had my first child, I worked full time and...

When I had my first child, I worked full time and he went to day care at 8 weeks of age. I definitely had trust issues and didn't want to leave him with anyone because I had no real way of knowing...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 10-26-2018, 12:16 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 580
Posted By e.j.
My downstairs bathroom is right off the kitchen,...

My downstairs bathroom is right off the kitchen, near the door that leads outside. (When the house was built, it was a pantry but converted to a 1/2 bath years later.) It doesn't bother me to allow...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 10-25-2018, 10:20 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 580
Posted By e.j.
I would allow anyone visiting my home to use my...

I would allow anyone visiting my home to use my bathroom if they need to. I'd feel uncomfortable saying no to someone who asked to use it. Just curious....Is there a reason you're asking?
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 10-25-2018, 10:13 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 339
Posted By e.j.
We usually go out in the late morning. The kids...

We usually go out in the late morning. The kids do seem to sleep better at nap time when we go out vs. when the weather keeps us inside. If there's time in the afternoon, we go out then, too, until...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 10-22-2018, 01:04 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 501
Posted By e.j.
I take part timers and it's worked out really...

I take part timers and it's worked out really well for me. I've been very lucky when it comes to scheduling families. I'll get a family looking for Mondays and Wednesdays and the next call I get,...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 10-21-2018, 08:34 AM
Replies: 52
Views: 1,165
Posted By e.j.
Maybe I'm naïve but I think most providers are...

Maybe I'm naïve but I think most providers are honest and would say something if a parent overpaid. In fact, I just sent a text yesterday to let a dcm know she overpaid me. I wouldn't be upset with...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 10-19-2018, 04:10 PM
Replies: 52
Views: 1,165
Posted By e.j.
Unless they've done it before, I wouldn't jump to...

Unless they've done it before, I wouldn't jump to conclusions either. I balance my checkbook every month but my husband never does. It's one of the few things I nag him about but it never does any...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 10-11-2018, 04:48 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 720
Posted By e.j.
My mil and I didn't get along well. When my...

My mil and I didn't get along well. When my husband and I first got married, I was worried about what family friends and neighbors would think of me after hearing her version of events. My sister...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 10-11-2018, 12:21 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 720
Posted By e.j.
I agree with the others. She isn't much of a...

I agree with the others. She isn't much of a friend and I would have responded to the above quote with, "I'll miss you but I understand if you want to move on to other day care. Is this your 2 week...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 10-11-2018, 11:54 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 431
Posted By e.j.
I know it isn't me who should feel embarrassed...

I know it isn't me who should feel embarrassed and uncomfortable when having to ask for payment. I wish I didn't feel that way; unfortunately, I do.

I've found that acknowledging my discomfort...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 10-10-2018, 07:52 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 655
Posted By e.j.
At 4, he's at least old enough to understand why...

At 4, he's at least old enough to understand why he can't play in other rooms. I've had 4 year olds who were very curious about my upstairs level. Once I explain why I don't allow the kids up...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 10-10-2018, 04:08 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 655
Posted By e.j.
I use my entire 1st floor for day care but the...

I use my entire 1st floor for day care but the kids are in my playroom for the most part. The kitchen/dining area is used for eating/doing crafts. The living room is only used for babies/younger...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 10-08-2018, 11:03 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 471
Posted By e.j.
I think we've probably all had that fantasy at...

I think we've probably all had that fantasy at one time or another. It's nice to see the light at the end of the tunnel, isn't it? I bet you can't wait until Thursday evening! ;)
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 10-08-2018, 10:55 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 389
Posted By e.j.
From what you said in your post, it sounds as...

From what you said in your post, it sounds as though you give your parents a list of the holidays you close on. If that's the case, your dcp should be upset with herself for not checking the list -...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 10-06-2018, 02:52 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 453
Posted By e.j.
As a neighbor, I think I'd appreciate the...

As a neighbor, I think I'd appreciate the courtesy of a heads up. It's rare to see emergency vehicles in our neighborhood so a firetruck would cause at least some curiosity and concern. Older...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 10-06-2018, 02:35 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 427
Posted By e.j.
Is it possible they think you were just sending...

Is it possible they think you were just sending an FYI to let them know what happened and maybe don't realize you expect a reply? (I think most parents would understand a reply is warranted but if...
Forum: Daycare Menus, Breakfast, Lunch and Snack Ideas 10-06-2018, 01:57 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 234
Posted By e.j.
I make something similar using corn, black beans,...

I make something similar using corn, black beans, diced up avocado, and salsa. Sometimes I add diced peppers. I use it more like a dip than a salad so I'm not sure if that's the kind of thing...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 09-26-2018, 12:04 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 323
Posted By e.j.
likethis Same here. Everything is the same -...

likethis Same here. Everything is the same - contract, handbook, policies, etc. I have a spot in my contract where I write the weekly tuition amount. For a drop in client, I just write "Varies" in...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 09-21-2018, 12:15 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 457
Posted By e.j.
You might be surprised to realize how stressed...

You might be surprised to realize how stressed the other kids might be feeling. I had twins who behaved like the kid you're describing. I did everything I could think of to help turn their behavior...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 09-19-2018, 05:35 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 408
Posted By e.j.
That's not necessarily true. When I first...

That's not necessarily true. When I first started out, I worked 5 days a week but within a year or two, some of the kids aged out of my program and I was left with several part timers. I decided to...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 09-17-2018, 11:43 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 298
Posted By e.j.
Heating oil bills?! Shhhh! Not something I even...

Heating oil bills?! Shhhh! Not something I even want to think about given the summery weather we've been lucky enough to hang on to so far. I lost sight of the fact that the first official day of...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 09-16-2018, 04:53 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 298
Posted By e.j.
Kleenex, toilet paper, bread (freezer)? ...

Kleenex, toilet paper, bread (freezer)?

Probably an unnecessary warning but if you decide to stock up on things, just make sure you have a safe place to store them. Several years ago, the store...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 09-16-2018, 04:30 PM
Replies: 1,963
Views: 261,384
Posted By e.j.
Sweet! We have turkeys that walk through the...

Sweet! We have turkeys that walk through the yard now and then. The kids love watching them. Sometimes it's the simple things in life that bring the most joy.
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 09-10-2018, 12:20 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 723
Posted By e.j.
likethis I was thinking the same thing and... If...

likethis I was thinking the same thing and... If you report them, you look like a disgruntled employee who is just trying to retaliate against them.
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 09-08-2018, 05:25 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,048
Posted By e.j.
When my kids were in school, I worked a 4 day...

When my kids were in school, I worked a 4 day week with Fridays off. I wanted one day a week that I could use to schedule IEP meetings, dr and dentist appointments, etc. It worked great for me. I...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 09-07-2018, 11:21 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 1,109
Posted By e.j.
I do the same - snap the middle during the day...

I do the same - snap the middle during the day and then snap them all at the last diaper change. I would fix them if I snapped them all up and they were done incorrectly, though. I have enough of...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 09-05-2018, 06:49 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 611
Posted By e.j.
I'm licensed to have 6 children here at any given...

I'm licensed to have 6 children here at any given time. I like to have as close to 6 as possible but a lot depends on the ages of the kids. I don't rush out to fill spots if I have a lot of younger...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 08-29-2018, 12:38 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 504
Posted By e.j.
:lol::lol::lol: We pick our crab apples...

:lol::lol::lol:


We pick our crab apples up before they have a chance to ferment. I'm always afraid a dc parent, food program lady or licensor will slip and fall on the apples and then sue us if...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 08-28-2018, 09:05 PM
Replies: 1,963
Views: 261,384
Posted By e.j.
It really is. He came to me as an infant. I had...

It really is. He came to me as an infant. I had just decided I didn't want to take any more infants for awhile but my neighbor (his great grandmother) wouldn't take no for an answer and talked me...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 08-28-2018, 01:06 PM
Replies: 1,963
Views: 261,384
Posted By e.j.
The mail was delivered early today. While the...

The mail was delivered early today. While the kids were eating their lunch, I noticed an envelope that was addressed to me and the return address was that of a former day care family. Inside was a...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 08-23-2018, 12:00 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 349
Posted By e.j.
Congratulations! :)

Congratulations! :)
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 08-17-2018, 03:46 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 802
Posted By e.j.
I agree. When I hear a child say, "You're not my...

I agree. When I hear a child say, "You're not my friend", I ask, "How would you feel if he said that to you?" I explain that you don't have to be friends but you do have to treat each other with...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 08-15-2018, 07:02 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 332
Posted By e.j.
I think I may have picked up the idea from...

I think I may have picked up the idea from someone here? I can't remember!:o
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 08-15-2018, 12:56 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 332
Posted By e.j.
I have a big box wrapped to look like a birthday...

I have a big box wrapped to look like a birthday present that I fill with books, pads of drawing paper, crayons and small TY stuffed animals and toys I pick up on sale. On their birthdays, each...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 08-02-2018, 03:06 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 651
Posted By e.j.
likethis I really like how you think!:lol: ...

likethis I really like how you think!:lol:

This thread reminds me of a 3 year old dcb I had years ago. He was my neighbor's nephew and I agreed to take him as a drop in one day. My neighbor...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 07-31-2018, 11:51 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 536
Posted By e.j.
I'm sorry you're going through this. Stay safe.

I'm sorry you're going through this. Stay safe.
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 07-28-2018, 08:08 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 450
Posted By e.j.
Try being proactive. Ask your director if you...

Try being proactive. Ask your director if you can speak with her when she has a minute and then ask her how she feels you're doing so far. Explain that you enjoy the job and where you're so new...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 07-27-2018, 06:58 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 472
Posted By e.j.
If she needs guaranteed availability, she needs...

If she needs guaranteed availability, she needs to pay for that. If she were here with me, I'd offer drop-in care with the understanding that an opening wouldn't be guaranteed. She could call me to...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 07-26-2018, 04:46 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 419
Posted By e.j.
Personally, I would just start off doing M-Th if...

Personally, I would just start off doing M-Th if you really want Fridays off. I used to work M-Th when my kids were young. I loved having one day a week when I could schedule appointments without...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 07-25-2018, 12:45 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 693
Posted By e.j.
I'm with Gemma! I'd probably want to hang in...

I'm with Gemma! I'd probably want to hang in until my current group of kids aged out but after that, I'd quit. It's not the kids or parents that would drive me away; I've been very lucky in that...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 07-20-2018, 12:43 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 992
Posted By e.j.
All of the above - except onesies. I actually...

All of the above - except onesies. I actually like onesies. They're wonderful when you have a kid that likes to put his hands down his pants after a bm.
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 07-17-2018, 01:24 PM
Replies: 42
Views: 3,903
Posted By e.j.
Pick your battles. Let this one go. I know it's...

Pick your battles. Let this one go. I know it's frustrating. I've had a few kids in my care who were super picky. One wouldn't eat the grill cheese sandwich I made because I cut it lengthwise vs....
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 07-15-2018, 07:37 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,116
Posted By e.j.
The food program won't allow us to serve grapes...

The food program won't allow us to serve grapes (among other things) to kids under 4 years of age. I stopped serving them years ago since most of my kids are under 4. (Not sure if it's just the...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 07-07-2018, 09:10 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 661
Posted By e.j.
Yes you did! :)

Yes you did! :)
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 07-05-2018, 11:47 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 617
Posted By e.j.
So parents owe you money for care you gave...

So parents owe you money for care you gave previously? If that's the case, I'd send home a note today stating that you're adopting a no pay/no stay policy for the next 2 weeks. In order to receive...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 07-03-2018, 06:28 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 797
Posted By e.j.
I have kids in diapers for the same reasons...

I have kids in diapers for the same reasons everyone else listed. I can't stand using Pull-Ups on a kid that isn't almost fully trained.
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 07-01-2018, 08:44 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 571
Posted By e.j.
That's adorable! If he's anything like one of...

That's adorable! If he's anything like one of the kids I have in my care now, he'll put it on and never want to take it off. That was such a caring and thoughtful thing for you to do for him.:)
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 06-27-2018, 12:39 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 469
Posted By e.j.
I don't blame you. I hope you feel better!

I don't blame you. I hope you feel better!
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 06-25-2018, 08:17 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 424
Posted By e.j.
When I first started doing day care, I tried...

When I first started doing day care, I tried holding interviews during work hours but found it too stressful. The day care kids acted up to the point where I didn't recognize some of them! I also...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 06-21-2018, 05:24 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 493
Posted By e.j.
That's a brilliant idea, really! School aged...

That's a brilliant idea, really! School aged kids are too old for the toddler size toys but they're still kids and they still enjoy playing with ride on toys even though some would have a hard time...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 06-18-2018, 01:17 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 729
Posted By e.j.
I had one mom ask, "What do you do if you're...

I had one mom ask, "What do you do if you're outside and a thunderstorm hits? You do bring them inside, don't you?"

No, we like playing a game called "Dodge the Lightening Bolts"? Of course we go...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 06-18-2018, 12:49 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 551
Posted By e.j.
"Dcm, I hate to think I'm to blame for your kids...

"Dcm, I hate to think I'm to blame for your kids not being able to sleep in the summer! As a result of your feedback, I've changed my policy. Your kids are no longer required to attend in order to...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 06-05-2018, 08:58 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 1,349
Posted By e.j.
Without seeing you in action, it's hard to know...

Without seeing you in action, it's hard to know exactly what to suggest but I think you've been given some really good, honest feedback already. I think you have to try to strike that happy medium -...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 05-31-2018, 04:14 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 462
Posted By e.j.
Wishing you luck tonight. Hopefully, the parents...

Wishing you luck tonight. Hopefully, the parents will be reasonable and understand there is no way you can keep a child in your care who behaves the way he does. Are you prepared to lose the other...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 05-29-2018, 06:14 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 681
Posted By e.j.
You have to wonder what goes through their heads...

You have to wonder what goes through their heads sometimes.:confused:
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 05-28-2018, 08:07 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 984
Posted By e.j.
Oh, that stinks! I understand why you feel the...

Oh, that stinks! I understand why you feel the way you do. It's especially tough when you grow attached to the kids and expect to have a long term relationship with them. I'm sorry the parents...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 05-25-2018, 07:24 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 871
Posted By e.j.
Wow! I get their point but what a rude way to...

Wow! I get their point but what a rude way to express it.
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 05-24-2018, 07:53 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 871
Posted By e.j.
I'm the same way. I'd love to be able to do day...

I'm the same way. I'd love to be able to do day care without being licensed but would never dare to do it illegally.

I'm not sure how diligent licensing is in my state when it comes to closing...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 05-24-2018, 01:14 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 721
Posted By e.j.
Things you wish you hadn't been doing at pick up:...

Things you wish you hadn't been doing at pick up: puking! One day a few years ago, I woke up feeling a little dizzy and nauseated. I thought it might be my allergies bothering me because I didn't...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 05-24-2018, 12:58 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 374
Posted By e.j.
What a great idea. I'll send one and have my...

What a great idea. I'll send one and have my older dc kids make him a card, too.
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 05-15-2018, 12:11 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 532
Posted By e.j.
I think I have his clone. I thought once dck...

I think I have his clone. I thought once dck headed off to school in September, I'd have some peace and quiet. Unfortunately, younger sibling has recently picked up the same habit. Could be...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 05-14-2018, 05:53 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 1,015
Posted By e.j.
How much you get depends on what Tier you're...

How much you get depends on what Tier you're assigned to and how many kids you claim per month. I'm Tier 2 so the money I get back each month is quite a bit less than the money I used to get in the...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 05-14-2018, 12:51 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 1,041
Posted By e.j.
I'm not sure why your post reminded me of my dd's...

I'm not sure why your post reminded me of my dd's stick "incident" but...she was walking toward a friend who was holding and playing with a relatively large stick. He threw it down on the ground...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 05-12-2018, 07:18 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 1,041
Posted By e.j.
I'm not sure I'd get written up for a few sticks...

I'm not sure I'd get written up for a few sticks on the ground but safety is one of the reasons we (mostly me) work together to pick them up and put them in a bucket. The bucket is removed from the...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 05-11-2018, 06:39 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 1,041
Posted By e.j.
I have a fenced in play area that has mulch for...

I have a fenced in play area that has mulch for ground cover. Usually, the kids stay in that area and don't go on to the grass so there's no grass or rocks for them to play with. When we take walks...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 05-05-2018, 08:24 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 742
Posted By e.j.
That's wonderful! Congratulations!

That's wonderful! Congratulations!
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 04-26-2018, 04:10 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 667
Posted By e.j.
In the house I started out in, I let the kids use...

In the house I started out in, I let the kids use the couch because much of the day was spent in the living room. After my niece pee'd on the couch one day and then pooped and rubbed it all over the...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 04-26-2018, 03:47 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 623
Posted By e.j.
"...and that's why we don't bring dandelions into...

"...and that's why we don't bring dandelions into the house, Dad!" (said as you hand him the broom and dust pan)

I had a dcm who, every morning, used to pluck strands of her long hair off her...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 04-25-2018, 01:01 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 751
Posted By e.j.
I get attached to some kids more than others. (I...

I get attached to some kids more than others. (I still have a voicemail message from years ago that one of those kids left one day after kindergarten saying, "We had our first French Toast sticks at...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 04-22-2018, 04:30 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 471
Posted By e.j.
Good luck in your new job and with the move.

Good luck in your new job and with the move.
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